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Real-life soap couples from on-screen enemies to on-screen siblings

The passion can translate from screen to real life

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Soapland is a hotbed of passion, intrigue and drama – so it’s no surprise that occasionally the stars get a bit het up and become real-life soap couples.

And sometimes those feelings blossom into fully-fledged relationships off-screen.

Here are some of Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale (especially Emmerdale!) real-life couples.

Zoe Henry and Jeff hordley on the red carpet
Emmerdale’s Jeff Hordley and Zoe Henry have been together for years and are one of our favourite real-life soap couples (Credit: Splash News)

Emmerdale’s Jeff Hordley and Zoe Henry

Jeff joined the ITV soap back in 2000 as badboy criminal Cain Dingle.

The following year, Zoe joined the Emmerdale cast as vet Rhona Goskirk.

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While she appeared on and off on the soap in 2001 and 2002, she began dating her co-star Jeff and the couple married in 2003.

Together Jeff and Zoe have two children Stan and Violet as well as two dogs Rita and Ronald.

As well as working and living together, the two also grow their own fruit and veg in their allotment.

Coronation Street Joe Duttine and Sally Carman on the red carpet
Sally and Joe got together on set of the ITV soap (Credit: Splash News)

Coronation Street’s Sally Carman and Joe Duttine

The Abi Franklin actress has risen the prominence in recent years and is now one of the Street’s leading stars.

But it’s not just accolades she’s taken home from the job – she met future husband Joe on the cobbles too.

They got together in 2018 – and were spotted walking hand in hand into a cast party.

Love blossomed for the two cobbles stars and they moved in together shortly after.

The pair got engaged later on and are planning a huge wedding to celebrate.

Emmerdale couple Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden
Emmerdale stars Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden are married with three children (Credit: Splash News)

Emmerdale’s Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden

Another real-life couple is Debbie Dingle actress Charley and David Metcalfe actor Matthew.

Charley joined Emmerdale in 2002 when she was 14 years old.

Matthew joined four years later and, in 2007, the two started dating.

They became engaged in 2009 and Charley gave birth to their first son Buster the following year.

In 2013, the couple appeared to split however they did get back together.

Charley gave birth to their second son Bowie in December 2015 and last year, she and Matthew welcomed baby number three, Ace.

The couple married in a surprise ceremony in 2018.

Amy Walsh partner
Emmerdale star Amy Walsh is expecting her first child with EastEnders actor Toby-Alexander Smith (Credit: Splash News)

EastEnders’ Toby-Alexander Smith and Emmerdale’s Amy Walsh

EastEnders villain Toby and Emmerdale lovely Amy found love at first sight in 2019 when they met in the audience at Strictly Come Dancing.

Amy told Loose Women: “He walked in and sat next to me and I turned round to my friend and was like, ‘Who is that? He’s so fit!’

“And she was like, ‘I knew you’d say that straight away.’

“We were just chatting all night and really got on.”

They moved in together during lockdown and luckily got on well enough, falling head over heals.

And now Amy’s pregnant with their first child – and it’s all very exciting.

Emmerdale stars Chris and Lesley are a couple on and off-screen (Credit: Splash News)

Emmerdale’s Chris Chittell and Lesley Dunlop

Chris joined the show in 1986 making Eric the longest-serving character in Emmerdale.

Lesley joined Emmerdale in 2008 as busybody Brenda Walker.

In 2012, Chris spoke about he and Lesley met telling the Daily Record: “It was weird. Somehow we’d never met before and we just kept bumping into each other at work.

“I can’t even remember if I asked her on a date or she asked me but she is wonderful and we’re very happy.”

The couple tied the knot in 2016 in a ceremony in Cornwall.

While the couple don’t have any children together, Chris has two children with his ex-wife Caroline Hunt.

And Lesley has two daughters with her ex-partner Christopher Guard.

Emmerdale’s Max Parker and Kris Mochrie

These two made international news when it was revealed the on-screen brothers were dating in real-life.

Mild-mannered – and gay, as it turns out – Luke Posner was a complete opposite of his evil rapist brother Lee in Emmerdale.

However the pair shared more than just the hobby of ruining Victoria Sugden’s life – they also fancied the pants off each other.

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They met on set as Kris filmed his final scenes – and stayed in touch before becoming an item.

The pair recently celebrated their first anniversary together.

Max is currently filming for a major US television show in Spain, while Kris has just finished a stint on crime drama Vera set to be released next year.

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